coun·​try·​wide | \ ˈkən-trē-ˈwīd How to pronounce countrywide (audio) \

Definition of countrywide

: extending throughout a country

Examples of countrywide in a Sentence

The murders attracted countrywide attention.
Recent Examples on the Web Now, as countrywide protests have surged following George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis, Trump has turned up the heat again, stoking the flames rather than seeking to put them out. Brian Bennett, Time, "Trump's Divisive Instincts Helped Him Win the White House. Where Will They Take America Now?," 31 May 2020 In the midst of the rampant, countrywide shuttering of bars and restaurants due to COVID-19, there are few ties left to the proverbial night out. Popular Science, "Five exquisite, easy martinis you can make at home," 29 May 2020 Rates in San Antonio are slightly better than countrywide figures: Nationwide, about 87.7 percent of renters made full or partial payments by May 13, down 2.1 percentage points from last year, the National Multifamily Housing Council reported. Madison Iszler,, "‘The anxiety is definitely setting in’: Renters, landlords brace for bills," 22 May 2020 Many are still marooned after getting swept up in rapidly changing travel restrictions, countrywide quarantines and shelter-in-place orders. NBC News, "Scientists describe 'chaos' of being stuck in the field amid coronavirus lockdowns," 1 Apr. 2020 Many people from Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, have fared worse under a countrywide campaign to identify and isolate anyone who has recently been to the city. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "‘Innocent, but Implicated’: Wuhan Native Is in Limbo During Epidemic," 8 Feb. 2020 Donkey owners last year organized countrywide protests seeking the closure of all donkey abattoirs in Kenya, Munya noted and local media have reported. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Kenya bans commercial slaughter of donkeys following a rise in animal theft," 26 Feb. 2020 Authorities also confirmed 3,694 new cases, bringing the countrywide total to 28,018. Liza Lin And Stu Woo, WSJ, "U.S. Plans Last Flights From Wuhan After China Logs Deadliest Day for Coronavirus," 6 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, China also reported hundreds more infections for a countrywide total of about 77,000, and Iran raised its death toll from the disease to eight — the highest toll outside of China. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Dow plunges more than 1,000 points as coronavirus spreads," 24 Feb. 2020

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Countrywide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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: happening or existing in all parts of a country

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